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Sunday, April 23


“He will bring us safely into that land and give it to us.”
Nu 14:8 NLT

BREAK OUT OF THE BOX!

When others saw giants in the Promised Land and wanted to return to Egypt, Caleb said, “The Lord…will bring us safely into that land and give it to us.” At that point two things happened. “The whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites at the Tabernacle” (v.10 NLT). When the people around Caleb said no, God said yes—and all you need is His approval! When you have that, you can disregard the nay-sayers and move forward. If you wait for everyone to approve, agree with you, and applaud you, you’ll get nowhere. There was a time when people thought the earth was flat, and that man would never walk on the moon. In 1899 the U.S. Patent Office almost closed because the commissioner, Charles H. Duell, said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” In retrospect this statement is ridiculous, but some of us have this same mindset. We stop learning because we think we’re too old. We’re afraid to change careers in case we jeopardize our pension. We don’t pursue our dreams in case we fail or get ridiculed. We’re so used to self-imposed limitations and telling ourselves, “I can’t do that,” we think we can’t do anything. In essence, we’ve built a box, crawled inside, and now we’re looking for something or someone to blame for our lack of faith. God didn’t box you in, you did it to yourself, and you need to take the initiative to break out. Today decide to do it—and God will bless your endeavors.

Monday, April 24

“In everything give thanks.”
1Th 5:18 NKJV

COMPLAINING DOESN’T HELP

The Bible has basically one thing to say about complaining—don’t do it! You say, “If you’d my problems you’d complain too.” If that’s how you feel, read on: “Do all things without complaining” (Php 2:14 NKJV). Here’s why: (1) Complaining usually makes things worse. The cycle goes like this. You have a problem so you complain and stay stuck. You feel bad, so you complain even more and end up with stress, but not a solution. (2) Complaining won’t get you where you need to go. Instead of committing the situation to God, you’re doubting His wisdom and provision. Thousands of Israelites died in the wilderness for doing that. Paul writes, “Do not grumble, as some…did—and were killed…These things…were written down as warnings for us” (1Co 10:10-11 NIV). When you overlook your blessings and dwell on your problems, you lose your joy. (3) Complaining can lead to stress-related illness. “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body” (Pr 14:30 AMP). Be honest; how many “calm and undisturbed” complainers do you know? Instead of complaining, start counting your blessings. Author Barbara Johnson gives us this tongue-in-cheek example. “A hand-lettered sign nailed to a telephone pole read: ‘LOST…three-legged dog, blind in left eye, missing top of right ear, recently castrated…answers to the name of Lucky.’” As a redeemed child of God luck has nothing to do with it, you’re blessed! So the word for you today is: “In everything (not necessarily for everything, but in everything) give thanks; for this is the will of God…for you.”